Conboy backpedals on internet censorship- too little, too late
Friday July 09th 2010, 3:26 pm

More tinkering around the margins, another long delay, but still Conjob doesn’t get it. Moreover, Gillard is supporting him. If Gillard really understood the issue, she’d never support it. Why the hell did the ALP bother changing leaders? Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

I’m most dismayed to see that my ISP, Optus, will be participating in voluntary censorship. Optus claim they will only be censoring child abuse material, but is that verifiable? Who will watch the watchers? And what exactly do they expect to accomplish? Censoring child abuse material is no different than closing the drapes because someone’s getting murdered in your front yard.

Filtering at the ISP level, with the imprimatur of government or voluntarily by ISPs, will be circumvented by anyone who wants to do so, whether that’s kids looking for porn or paedophiles looking to swap kid porn.

I strongly suspect Optus’ cooperation has more to do with currying favour with the DBDCE to get a slice of the NBN pie more than it has to do with any community service altruism.

Yes, I’m shopping for a new ISP.


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